Terlingua (horse)

Terlingua (February 7, 1976 – April 29, 2008) was an American thoroughbred bred in Kentucky by Tom Gentry. She was a chestnut filly from the second crop of Triple Crown winner Secretariat. Terlingua was out of a Crimson Satan mare, Crimson Saint, who was a graded stakes winner as well as a very successful broodmare. Besides Terlingua, Crimson Saint produced 1990 Ireland Champion 3yr-old and European Champion 3yr-old Miler Royal Academy and the grade one stakes winner (full brother) Pancho Villa along with four other winners, one of which was a minor stakes winner with another that was stakes placed.

GrandsireBold Ruler
DamCrimson Saint
DamsireCrimson Satan
CountryUnited States
BreederTom Gentry
OwnerOverbrook Farm
TrainerD. Wayne Lukas
Record17: 7–4–1
Major wins
Hollywood Juvenile Championship (1978)
Hollywood Lassie Stakes (1978)
Del Mar Debutante Stakes (1978)
Nursery Stakes (1978)
Santa Ynez Stakes (1979)
Las Flores Handicap (1979)
La Brea Stakes (1980)
Last updated on November 13, 2011

Terlingua was a record-breaking stakes winner, and was also the dam of the two-time leading sire in North America, Storm Cat. Through him and Littleprincessemma, she was the great-great-grandam of 2015 U.S. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.[1][2] Terlingua was known as The Crown Princess.

Race careerEdit

Terlingua was purchased by her trainer, Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, as a yearling in 1977 for $275,000 on behalf of L. R. French, who later partnered with Barry Beal. Expected to be a winner, she lived up to the expectations. Her first race was a stakes at Hollywood Park. Terlingua won the Nursery Stakes by four and a half lengths and broke the stakes record. She then won the grade II Hollywood Lassie Stakes by three and a half lengths before she challenged males in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship, which she won by two and a half lengths. In her next start, she defeated fillies in the Del Mar Debutante by nine lengths. Talk of her replicating her father's Triple Crown sweep soon started.[3] This, however, was not the case when Terlingua returned to the track as a 3-year-old, because she never regained her 2-year-old form. She did win two stakes at age 3, her 3yo debut Santa Ynez and 3yo finale Las Flores, while breaking the stakes record--she lost 5 in a row between these two stakes wins, and one more at age 4. She also broke one more stake record at 4, in the third running of the La Brea @ 7 furlongs, before she was retired at the end of that season to Overbrook Farms following an injury to her right front knee. Terlingua brought Lukas so much attention he made the decision to become a full-time thoroughbred trainer.[4]

Breeding careerEdit

Terlingua's greatest accomplishment came on the farm. Her first foal was a filly by Lyphard named Lyphard's Dancer who never raced. In 1983, she gave birth to her second foal, a brown colt by the stallion Storm Bird. Storm Cat was Terlingua's first stakes winner with his victory in the Grade 1 Young America Stakes. He later became one of the most influential stallions of recent times. At Storm Cat's height, he commanded a stud fee of (USD) $500,000; pensioned in 2008, he sired over 15 millionaires and many other stakes winners. In 1984, Terlingua gave birth to another stakes winner, a chestnut filly by Northern Dancer named Chapel of Dreams. She won the Grade II Palomar Handicap and Grade II Wilshire Handicap. Terlingua then gave birth to a Slew of Gold colt, Tiajuana. He was never a stakes winner but became a sire in India. Her next foal was a chestnut colt by Alydar named Provo, who became a very successful sire in Cyprus. Terlingua was bred back to Alydar the next year, and the result was her chestnut son Wheaton. He was a modest sire, getting many ungraded stakes winners.

In 1992, she gave birth to a Mr. Prospector filly named Pueblo who was later exported to South America. Bred back to Mr. Prospector in 1993, she produced Pioneering, a stallion who became a successful sire in the US, producing the Grade-1-winning mare Behaving Badly and the Jamaican Champion Sprinter Quite Strength. Terlingua then produced the first and only full sibling to Storm Cat, a brother called Namesake. He never became a winner or a sire. Two years later, she had a filly by Carson City named City Gold. In 2000, she gave birth to another filly, this one by Boston Harbor. Her last foal, a filly named Final Legacy, was very small and since Terlingua had missed several breeding seasons, her connections didn't want to push her any further and retired her from breeding.

Her impact on the present bloodlines will be felt for many more years to come. Her trainer Lukas once said of her influence, “Without a doubt, if you're around Storm Cat like I've been and trained so many of his offspring, they're Terlingua through and through. They walk like her, they look like her, they've got her attitude. The mother's influence was very strong there.”[5] Among others, Terlingua is the great-great-grandam of 2015 U.S. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.[2]

Progeny Record:

Lyphard's Dancer ch M 1982 Lyphard 0-0-0-0 Unraced
Storm Cat br H 1983 Storm Bird 8-4-3-0 $570,610
Chapel of Dreams ch M 1984 Northern Dancer 24-7-5-3 $643,912
Tiajuana b H 1986 Slew of Gold 24-3-2-2 $66,679
Provo ch H 1989 Alydar 24-2-2-3 $40,992
Wheaton ch H 1990 Alydar 11-1-2-1 $6,503
Pueblo ch M 1992 Mr. Prospector 4-0-0-1 $7,488
Pioneering ch H 1993 Mr. Prospector 6-2-0-0 $39,426
Namesake ch H 1996 Storm Bird 4-0-0-2 $6,940
City Gold ch M 1998 Carson City 0-0-0-0 Unraced
Final Legacy dkb/br M 2000 Boston Harbor 3-0-0-0 $960


Upon retirement in 2001, Terlingua was moved out into a pasture at the Young family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington, Kentucky, with a test mare named Ashley as a companion. There she spent her final years until her death in 2008. Terlingua was euthanized at the age of 32 on April 29 due to complications from the infirmities of old age. In significant honor to her brood-mare career, her lineage, and her racing descendants, she was buried in Overbrook's horse cemetery.[6]


Pedigree of Terlingua, chestnut mare, foaled February 7, 1976[7]
chestnut 1970
Bold Ruler
dkb/br. 1954
b. 1940
Mumtaz Begum
Miss Disco
b. 1944
b. 1952
b. 1940
Prince Rose
dkb/br. 1938
Crimson Saint
chestnut 1969
Crimson Satan
ch. 1959
Spy Song
dkb/br. 1943
Mata Hari
ch. 1943
Bolero Rose
ch. 1958
ch. 1946
Eight Thirty
First Rose
b. 1946
Rare Bloom (Family 8-c)


  1. ^ Terlingua Pedigree Retrieved: 12-13-11
  2. ^ a b "Pedigree Online Thoroughbred Lineage: American Pharoah Horse Pedigree". Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  3. ^ Breezes in Debutante Stakes Retrieved: 3-24-12
  4. ^ The Secretariat Filly Retrieved: 12-12-11
  5. ^ The Secretariat Filly Retrieved: 12-27-11
  6. ^ Storm Cat's Dam Dead Retrieved: 3-24-12
  7. ^ "Terlingua pedigree". Equineline.com. Retrieved August 18, 2017.